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Environmental Studies B.A.

Students in the Environmental Studies major must successfully complete 42 to 48 credits in approved courses.

  1. Foundation courses: ES 100 - Environmental Concerns in Perspective and ES 105 - Field Studies in Environmental Science;
  2. Three courses from the Social and Cultural Core classes: EC 104(E), EN 229 - Special Studies: Texts in Context (when the topic is Literature and the Environment), ES 221, ES 224, PL 231/GO 231HI 266, SO 223;
  3. a).  Two courses, at least three credits each, from ES Cluster A: Culture, Society and the Environment; and

    b).  An additional 3 credits in ES Cluster A; at least 6 credits of Cluster A must be at the 300 level. Up to 3 credits in total of ES 271ES 371ES 299, and ES 399 may count toward the major.
  4. Two courses from ES Cluster B1: Exploring the Natural World (at least one course with a lab);
  5. One methods course: EC 237ID 210MS 104SO 226 or SO 227; and
  6. ES Senior Year Capstone Sequence of ES 374 and ES 375.

(See Environmental Studies and Sciences for a listing of cluster courses.)

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Environmental Science B.A.

Students in the Environmental Science major must successfully complete 60 to 63 credits in approved courses that count toward the ES major.

  1. Foundation course: ES 100 - Environmental Concerns in Perspective;
  2. Natural science disciplinary foundation: BI 105BI 106CH 125, and GE 101;
  3. Interdisciplinary natural science core courses: ES 205 and ES 206;
  4. Three other natural science courses from ES Cluster B2, one of which must be an ES-designated course (two of these courses must be at the 300 level, the third must at least be 200 level, and two of the three must be lab courses);
  5. a)  One course, at least 3 credits, from ES Cluster A: Culture, Society, and the Environment; and

    b)  An additional 3 credits in ES Cluster A; up to 3 credits in total of ES 224ES 271, ES 371, ES 299, and ES 399 may count toward the major.
  6. Two methods courses: MS 104 or BI 235 and ID 210; and
  7. ES Senior Year Capstone Sequence of ES 374 and ES 375.



Writing in the Major Requirement: Both Environmental Studies and Environmental Science require writing that synthesizes information from a variety of sources, clearly articulates both science- and value-based arguments, and conveys complicated ideas. Students must learn to write independent pieces and to write effectively in a collaborative setting. In introductory courses for the major, students advance their writing skills through analytical case studies and scientific papers and reports; this focus continues in 200-level courses. The capstone challenges students to describe their complex research findings in narrative and graphical forms and discuss the relevance of their finding in a manner accessible to community groups. Majors in both Environmental Science and Environmental Studies fulfill the Skidmore writing-in-the-major requirement as they complete their major requirements for the Environmental Science major, learning to write in a variety of disciplines and for a variety of audiences, including the general public.



(See Environmental Studies and Sciences for a listing of cluster courses.)

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